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Below is a growing list of opportunities on campus and within the community. Please note that this list is not yet comprehensive, and that students can reach out to Dwight Hall staff for opportunity inquiries.

If you are looking for post-graduation opportunities, the Yale OCS page has a comprehensive list of short-term opportunities in public service.

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gradSWE Engineering Day

Children & Youth

The Graduate Society of Women Engineers is looking volunteers to help out with High School Engineering Day! The high school students will be building their own motion sensing bracelets. LEDs on the bracelet will change color to respond to motion. For more information on the activity, check out this link. The event is on Sunday June 4, from 9:00am-12:00pm in 17 Hillhouse.... READ MORE

Volunteers Needed for The New Haven Food Truck Festival and Wheelie Battle on 6/3

Children & Youth

The New Haven Food Truck Festival and Wheelie Battle

Is at Long Wharf Park  in New Haven, CT on Saturday June, 3rd.

It is a vibrant celebration of New Haven’s culture and food that... READ MORE

Yale Day of Service 2017


Saturday, May 13th is Yale Day of Service!

I invite you to join me and over 4,000 Yale graduates, faculty, staff, and students at over 250 sites across Connecticut and around the world for an inspiring opportunity to give back through the ... READ MORE

Resistance Thursdays

We Won’t Go Back!



every Thursday

New Haven Peoples Center

37 Howe Street

6 to 7:30 pm

Come by to share

solidarity and an action

Bring a dish if... READ MORE

New Haven Science Fair: Mentors Needed

Children & Youth
New Haven Science Fair Mentors are needed. The average time commitment is 2-3 months, with one hour per week.
The New Haven Science Fair Program aims to improve science education for grades Pre-K through 12. As a mentor, you have the opportunity to help teachers and students create great science projects. Your time commitment for the program is usually around 1hr/week, but we can work with teachers if you want to commit to a different schedule. The Program will try to assign... READ MORE

New Haven Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen’s (DESK) Food Pantry

Join anytime!

DESK has had wonderful experiences with Yale student volunteers in the past at their Food Pantry (and Soup Kitchen prep/serving). Currently, DESK’s needs  at the Food Pantry are 2-3 students, and preferably at least one who can speak Spanish (basic proficiency is fine).

The pantry meets one day a week, Wednesdays, 1-3:30PM.  During this time, 1-2... READ MORE

Intake Coordinator for Yale VITA

YHHAP’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which prepares tax returns for low-income New Haven residents at no cost, is seeking intake coordinators for this semester.
As an intake coordinator, you are the first people that clients interact with. You’ll greet clients when they arrive, ensure they are eligible for our services, answer any questions they may have, and make sure they’re helped by a qualified tax preparer.... READ MORE

Volunteer Summer Counselor for Camp PALS

Children & Youth
People with Disabilities

PALS Programs is a nonprofit organization that provides summer camp opportunities for young adults with Down Syndrome and their peers in ten locations across the country.

We are in search of volunteer counselors to join us at our Camp PALS sessions this summer. 

  • Camp PALS offers sleep-away camps at 10 college campuses from Maine to California which run for one week each.
  • Volunteer counselors are paired one-to-one with a camper to provide an opportunity for... READ MORE

Beacon: Tutors and Teachers Needed

Children & Youth
Join anytime!

Beacon Self Directed Learning is an alternative to school for kids 10-18 and are looking for volunteers to tutors and teach small, fun, weekly classes.  We have many kinds of kids at Beaconbut they fall into two broad groups:  life long homeschoolers and kids who have needed to come out of school.  Beacon offers classes, tutors, mentoring and a social space and relies heavily on volunteers.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we offer classes to kids ages 12-18... READ MORE

Little Free Libraries

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Join anytime!

Little Free Libraries, a concept that is taking the nation by storm, is coming to Hamden thanks to the sponsorship of Hamden Youth Services and the Hamden Public Library. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that believes in exchanging good books and bringing people together. Their motto is “Take a book, leave a book”.

We are looking for Volunteer Stewards to assist the Hamden Public Library and Hamden Youth Services staff to keep the structures filled and report any... READ MORE